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Old 01-12-2013, 11:18 AM   #1
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CA Newbie...retiring soon...would like to RV...we don't own yet

Retiring in a few months and I would love to find out more about the RV Lifestyle. Realistic costs are my first goal...monthly expenses and cost of a rig. Considering trailer and pickup.

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Old 01-12-2013, 11:20 AM   #2
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Hello and welcome to iRV2! There's tons of info here, so settle back and look it over...then ask all the questions you want! Are you planning to full time or just vacation in your RV?

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Old 01-12-2013, 11:39 AM   #3
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Good luck on your retirement and welcome to the group. I'm sure you'll find what fits your needs. Good luck on your search.
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I agree with SarahW: spend some time reading here and then come back with more specific questions. It's really difficult to answer such open-ended questions, especially about costs since everyone's RVing style is different.

For example, are you going to travel every day, or are you going to stay in one place for a week, a month? Length of stay not only impacts fuel costs, but also RV park costs.

Are you going to stay exclusively at high end RV parks, or are you going to dry camp/boondock for free?

Are you going to eat out every single meal, or are you going to prepare all your meals in the RV?

Are you going to be eating steak and lobster or rice and beans?

Even with a trailer (travel trailer or fifth wheel?), the initial cost will depend greatly on whether you buy new or used and whether or not you buy a vacation unit, or a high end unit suitable for fulltiming.

All of these types of decisions will depend on how much it will cost YOU to travel in your RV.
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Welcome to the forum, you'll learn a lot and have a few laughs along the way!

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